Illinois State downs Chicago State 75-56
NORMAL, Ill. (AP)
Reggie Lynch scored 14 points for Illinois State (4-4), Bobby Hunter added 12, including a perfect 4 for 4 from the free-throw line, and the Redbirds outshot Chicago State (3-5) 47.2 percent from the field to 30.9 percent.
Quinton Pippen scored a game-high 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Cougars, Nate Duhon scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds, and Matt Ross added 11 and hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The lead traded hands four times in the first half, but Pippen sank two free throws to give Chicago State a 30-28 halftime lead and kicked off the second half with a quick 3-pointer. Illinois State took a 40-39 lead on a layup by Lynch at 15:18, then steadily pulled away, scoring 21 more points than the Cougars.